There were few surprises when the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce chose a new governing board on June 5.
The chamber elected a new board of directors for the 2013-14 fiscal year at their monthly business luncheon at Caroline’s in Apalachicola.
Officers for this year are Donna Duncan, president for a second consecutive term, as is Bud Hayes vice-president. Kristin Anderson, elected secretary/historian, has served in that position since 2009. Jerry Hall will remain treasurer.
Bonnie Gomes, formerly of Oyster Radio100.5 FM, Mark Friedman, with Friedman Financial Advisors, and attorney Kristy Branch Banks, all retired from the board. New to the board and membership is Tom Morgan, owner of Apalach Outfitters.
Continuing for another term are Duncan, attorney with Sanders and Duncan; Hayes with the Franklin County Humane Society and the ABC School; Anderson, owner of LongDreamGallery.com; Mike Koun, owner of the Gibson Inn; Brenda Ash, with Centennial Bank; Jean Ulrich, a real estate agent with Jeff Galloway Real Estate and owner of Ulrich Construction; Ouida Tartt, owner of the House of Tartts, a guest cottage in downtown Apalachicola; Bev Hewitt and Jerry Hall, with the Apalachicola Seafood Grill, the Soda Fountain, and the BackStreet Trading Company; attorney Michael Shuler; Ginny Griner with Weems Memorial Hospital; and Kevin Ward with Eagle Technology Services and 13 Mile Seafood,.
The Apalachicola chamber currently has 480 members. It was started in the 1830s. Among its many presidents were ice machine inventor John Gorrie, and David Raney. In the 1980s, the chamber expanded its membership area to encompass Apalachicola Bay including Eastpoint and St. George Island.